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    Since this has been going on for a year and nobody in the world seems to have a clue why, it's unlikely that I'll find answers here. However, I'm completely desperate, just about ready to cry, and if anyone does happen to be a techy sort you have no idea how much I would appreciate some input.

    Apologies in advance, I don't really know the words for things so am just describing the problem as best I can.

    The situation:

    My PC works fine, until I try to do something really intensive like gaming. The whole machine will suddenly start to run very slow, and upon further investigation there will be an error in the event viewer thing. This error varies slightly but is usually one (or a combination of) the following:

    "The driver detected a controller error on DeviceHarddisk0D."
    "The device, DeviceIdeIdePort0, did not respond within the timeout period."
    "An error was detected on device DeviceHarddisk0D during a paging operation."

    Once this happens, the whole computer will run extremely slowly until restarted. Unfortunately, restarting it doesn't work. The first time, when starting back up, it'll stop and say "disk read error" and I have to ctrl-alt-delete to restart again. The second time it'll get further along, but just as Windows is loading it'll bluescreen and reset itself again so fast it's impossible to see what the bluescreen message is.

    This cycle will repeat (disk read error, bluescreen, disk read error, bluescreen) until I turn the whole thing off, leave it for around 10mins, then turn it back on. Then it'll be back to running great until I try to play a game.

    What we've tried replacing with no effect whatsoever:

    Hard drive (twice)
    Motherboard
    Processor
    Power supply
    RAM
    Graphics card

    I've also tried stuff like only playing games when there's nothing else running, endless malware scans, turning all game settings down to the lowest. Waste of time.

    I'm basically at the point where I'm so desperate, I'm just going to post this in every conceivable place online until someone comes up with a theory. Please, no matter how crazy it sounds, if you think you know why this might be happening feel free to share. I can't answer any particularly techy questions but I can relay them to Other Half who is much more knowledgeable on this stuff.

    Thankyou thankyou thankyou, and sorry for the completely OT thread.

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    When you replaced the hard drive, did you reinstall the O/S from scratch or did you make a ghost copy?

    If you have a RAID controller, it might be the RAID controller that's failing. if it's a PCI controller, then replace it and see what's up. If not, then you'll have to go another route because it (probably) isn't the RAID.

    The other option is the simplest, but I've actually seen it solve problems before. Replace the cable that connects your hard drive to the motherboard (or in some really rare cases, I've seen it work when turned around, although this works much more often for a network cable). Cables can go just like the parts themselves.

    The good news is that you've replaced so much stuff in your tower that you really don't have a lot of possibilities left.
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    The other option is the simplest, but I've actually seen it solve problems before. Replace the cable that connects your hard drive to the motherboard (or in some really rare cases, I've seen it work when turned around, although this works much more often for a network cable). Cables can go just like the parts themselves.
    That's what I was going to say. I work on avionics at work, as well as computers at home. In both cases, I have spent WAY too much time troubleshooting parts only to find out a cable was bad. *twitch*
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    Isn't that fun, dude? You go through 4-5 hours of stuff, rip out every part and half your hair, go nuts, look up solutions on the Internet, find you've read them all, and then the problem is some stupid cable you could buy for a buck on eBay.

    Michelle: tell Other Half he is not alone. We been there. We done that. I can't speak for Ronald, but I hate it with a passion. I'm good at it, but I hate it.
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    I can't speak for Ronald, but I hate it with a passion
    Funny thing is, I can't think of anything I'd rather do. Well, maybe web design full time, but I don't see that happening.
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    Well, if it works for you, more power to you, dude. It's a great skill to have. And if you fix things the way you diagnose web code issues, you'll definitely have the skill.
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    Why, thanks!
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    Agreed, either cable or the OS that's being installed (possible bad CD or bad image).
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    Hey, sorry for not replying here earlier but our ISP decided to throw a fit as well just to make our weekend even more awesome

    I'll point OH to this thread and see what he says, since it's basically gibberish to me! Thanks muchly though, very much appreciated.

    Sidenote: isn't it weird how if you can build websites people automatically think you're really techy and should be able to fix any computer problems yourself? Keep getting looked at funny when I ask people about this stuff.

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    That's actually the reason I started learning about it. I got tired of being asked questions like this and not knowing the answers.
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